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 Re: Asymmetrical curve vs. Symmetrical curve
Author: Gregory Smith 2017
Date:   2006-09-12 23:14

Frank Kaspar was to the point of being obsessively concerned with producing symmetrical facings. Whether he achieved that kind of perfection on a consistent basis or not is another subject.

The symmetry was usually off but by a very little here and there but certainly not exploited as a method to purposely produce any given effect unto itself (unlike some modern day makers). This is reliable information coming from those that worked or apprenticed with him from the 1960's through the late 1970's. It is also true of all my own original Kaspars - the best being those that were almost completely if not perfectly symmetrical.

I often ask why it would be that every "slightly" asymmetrical original Kaspar facing that I straighten invariably plays to mine or to every others' satisfaction? And that asymmetry, when put in deliberately, may appeal to the player at first but that over time there turns out to be many more drawbacks than advantages - in exactly the same way that Tom Ridenour describes.

The asymmetry of a facing has nothing to do per se with "richness" (whatever that term means to any particular individual). It could just as easily be said that using the term "richness" with it's positive connotations would be perceived negatively as "dullness", "blandness", or "less colorful" to another.

Gregory Smith

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